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Abby Sale 21 Mar 06 - 10:23 AM
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Subject: happy? - Mar 21 (Sharpville Massacre)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 21 Mar 06 - 10:23 AM

The 1960 peaceful demonstration against the pass-law resulted in the Sharpville Massacre. 69 protesters were killed by police and 180 injured. The ANC and Pan-African Congress were banned, Nelson Mandela and many other anti-apartheid leaders were soon convicted and imprisoned on charges of treason.

But this is also seen by many as the effective turn-around toward the end of Apartheid.

        It was on the twenty-first of March,
        The day of Sharpville's shame,
        Hour by hour the crowd did grow
        One voice that cried, "The pass must go!"
        It spoke in freedom's name, DOM PASS!
        It spoke in freedom's name.

                "The Ballad of Sharpville," Ewan MacColl on
                Saturday Night at the Bull and Mouth, Folkways

        As I was walking down the road,
        I met my brother with a heavy load
        I said to him what have you seen,
        He said to me
        I have a dream.
        In 1960, I thought I'd died in Sharpeville's bloody town,
        But I got up I walked on tall nobody's goin' to put me down.

                "Hawks And Eagles" by Ian Walker, M.C.P.S., P.R.S. [DigTrad filename[ HAWKEAGL]

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